the first single i bought was ghost town by the specials. cool eh? i don’t think i got the political sentiments. i used to turn all the lights off in my bedroom and scare myself with the spooky intro. you think that’s sad? a few weeks later i bought green door by shakin’ stevens. now that’s sad. but ghost town has stood the test of time. i was ten when it came out. i’d spent years worrying about the 4 minute warning and whether we could insulate our garage to ward off a nuclear attack. thatcher was in power (say no more). they were rioting on the streets of handsworth just a few miles from my front door. and i was just discovering music. it is amazing to think that 30 years later i can listen to this song and recapture a little bit of my ten year old self. i was just a baby. the intro still gets me but i also get the message now. and sadly it’s just as relevant in 2011as then. and ghost town or not, i do remember the good old days. (can’t remember yesterday though, or where i put my pinking shears)
i ignored the smiths as a teenager. i was quite a positive, happy little thing and i seemed to jump from duran duran to the beastie boys and miss the whole indie scene. now i’m a happy, not so little thing i’m all about the indie. then, i didn’t get the melancholy. hadn’t lived. now i totally get it. i love the jangly guitars and the despairing lyrics. the dark humour and cynicism. this song in particular just moves me. i play it every week, sometimes several times a day. somehow, listening constantly to what some would say is ‘depressing’ music makes me feel very happy and hopeful. and it’s great to sew to.